Fromelles in news

Media reports claim that the ability to identify the remains of the British and Australian soldiers buried at Pheasant Wood near Fromelles is being compromised by the timetable to lift all of the remains by the end of next month and by the techniques used.  European Correspondent for the Fairfax press, Paolo Totaro has reported comments attributed to British Historian Peter Barton and Belgium battlefields expert Johan Vanderwalle as being concerned that best practice archaeological procedures are not being followed.  Click on the following links to read more details in the Melbourne Age, Brisbane Times or The Sydney Morning Herald.

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Photo: Rising Sun badge from Pheasant Wood excavation site [Time Loveless Oxford Archaeology]


The Families and Friends of the First AIF applauds the joint Australian–UK decision, announced by The Hon Greg Combet AM MP and the Hon Kevan Jones MP, to conduct a full DNA testing program on the remains of Australian and British soldiers found in mass graves at Pheasant Wood (Fromelles), and for their continuing commitment to identify as many of the fallen as is possible. We also thank the Australian, UK and French governments for affording dignified individual reburials for these soldiers, buried by German soldiers following the Battle of Fromelles on 19/20 July 1916, in the new Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery presently under construction at Fromelles.

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